St. Charles announces winning entries in Christmas parade

By on December 19, 2009

ST. CHARLES—The Downtown St. Charles Partnership, organizers of the St. Charles Electric Christmas Parade, revealed this week that this year’s parade had a record turnout, with approximately 15,000 people estimated to be in attendance.

From the nearly 80 entries in the Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s annual Electric Christmas Parade, a panel of independent judges determined the top three winners in each of three categories: Children’s, Not-for-Profit, and Business.

“The judging seems to get more difficult each year,” said Darlene Riebe, a volunteer with the Downtown St. Charles Partnership who coordinates the judging process. “Everyone really gets into the spirit of the event, and each year we see more organizations and businesses creating really outstanding entries.

“The point totals were extremely close this year; for example, in the Business division, the award winners ranked within fractions of a point from each other.”

Riebe said that a panel of three judges use a five-point system to rate the parade entries on originality, their use of lights, and creativity.

The winners in each of the categories for 2009 are: Children’s, Cub Scout Pack 151, first place; Cub Scout Pack 146, second place; Cub Scout Pack 108, third place; Not-for-Profit, LIFE Church, first place; Chicago Corvette Club, second place; Bob Wulff’s RV, third place; Business, Thunderbolt Roofing, first place; Autopractor, Inc., second place; Filling Station Pub & Grill, third place.

All nine winners have been invited to a special awards presentation before City Council in January.